Ever since the beginning of the rainy season, everyone at school, whether students or teachers, have been complaining about the heat. I have definitely noticed a little bit of a temperature increase, but I'm still finding the weather quite pleasant. The daytime highs here in Jeju have been around 26 and lows around 22.
But every time I walk into the classroom, the students are begging me to turn on the air conditioning. The last couple of weeks, the teachers have been turning on the AC in the teachers' room, which feels cold to me. I've been bringing my sweater to work since the AC is usually turned on. I usually wear a long sleeve shirt to work, which drives the students crazy. I've been asked a hundred times, "You not hot?" I tell them they eat too much spicy food and that they should lay off the Kimchi. I also tell them to wait until August rolls around.
My teachers always ask me what the weather is like in my hometown. Coming from California, the state with world record heat, I guess one would expect me to feel cold in Jeju. Well, I live on the coast in Southern California, where the summers are quite temperate, even more than in Jeju. I'm usually the first to complain when there is a heat wave and I can't handle summer visits to my family in the inland valleys.
So are the Koreans unable to cope with the heat? Or is it just in Jeju? Is anyone else on the mainland noticing this as well?